Mar 16

30 New Free High-Quality Fonts

Every now and then we look around, select fresh high-quality free fonts and present them to you in a brief overview. The choice is enormous, so the time you need to find them is usually time you should be investing in your current projects. We search for them and find them so that you don’t have to.

In this selection, we’re pleased to present Piron, Nobile, St Marie, Code, Arcus, Crimson Text, Quadranta, Juice, Prociono, Mr Jones, Ibarra Real and various useful symbol fonts. Please note that some fonts are for personal use only and are clearly marked as such. Please read the license agreements carefully before using the fonts; they can change from time to time.

New Free High-Quality Fonts

Piron
Piron is a highly legible typeface, very well suited to any display or text usage: Web, print (especially magazines), brochures, logos, posters, flyers, motion graphics. The font comes in two weights: regular and oblique. Designed by Alexander Nedelev and Veronika Slavova. Available for free and commercial use, and available in OpenType format.

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Mar 15

10 Useful Usability Findings and Guidelines

1. Form Labels Work Best Above The Field

A study by UX Matters found that the ideal position for labels in forms is above the fields. On many forms, labels are put to the left of the fields, creating a two-column layout; while this looks good, it’s not the easiest layout to use. Why is that? Because forms are generally vertically oriented; i.e. users fill the form from top to bottom. Users scan the form downwards as they go along. And following the label to the field below is easier than finding the field to the right of the label.

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Mar 14

A New Way to Trigger hasLayout on Elements in Older Versions of IE?

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t given this too much thought, so I admit there could be some drawbacks I haven’t considered, but I thought I’d throw the idea out there and see what my readers think.

Suppose we have an element that, for design and flexibility purposes, has no set width, and no set height. But obviously it has content, so in most browsers it expands to hold its content. We want that element to have a linear gradient background using CSS3, and we add a Microsoft proprietary filter to cover all versions of IE.

Here’s the element, demoed live on the page, with the aforementioned characteristics:

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Mar 04

Web Design Resources: Designer’s #1 TO-DO list (Domain, Hosting, SEO and SNS)

In this article, I will guide you on what you need to do as a web designer to be on the road to success. This guide will take you from choosing the right domain name, to getting the most traffic and clients to your website. If you’re new to web design, you may be thinking “Where do I go now? What do I do now?” Even if you aren’t new to web design, with this to-do list and my other guides which I will mention throughout this article, you can be on the right road to becoming a successful web designer. Make sure you take action as you read through or you will find yourself a month down the road and you still haven’t started! If you run into any trouble, please post a comment and I will guide you. I will add more things to this page as time goes by, so please check back for updates.

Update: thanks to your support, my to-do list has received an astonishing 1300 tweets! This inspires me even more to keep giving you quality articles and tutorials : )

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Mar 03

15 Must-Have Marketing and SEO Scripts

A range of web scripts put the ability to create, monitor and optimize your marketing efforts directly at your disposal, offering you tremendous opportunities to connect with your customers and ultimately drive business. For this month’s roundup, we take a look at 15+ must-have Marketing & SEO Scripts categorized in different areas of marketing. Categories include SEO scripts, link exchange scripts, mailing list manager scripts, traffic analysis scripts, sitemap scripts and A/B split testing scripts. This practical guide will give you all the scripts you need for a successful marketing and SEO campaign.

Email Marketing

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Mar 22

Free Flash save, SWF download from Firefox – Sothink Flash Downloader 1.4.1 is released

No need to worry about losing interested online Flash anymore! Sothink Flash Downloader easily helps you to solve the annoying problem of missing favorite online Flash. It is a free Firefox extension, also can be treated as a flash download plug-in, which enables you to capture and save Flash SWF from web. More intuitive interface; faster downloading speed; multi-language interface; compatibility with the latest version Firefox; one-click operation without copying & pasting URL… All these guarantee you an amazing Flash download experience.

More information about the handy Flash downloader >>

Notice of Name Change: Since V1.4.1, the name of “Sothink SWF Catcher for Firefox” is changed to “Sothink Flash Downloader for Firefox“. Please kindly notice!

 

What the downloaded Flash can do except for offline viewing?

Special tip 1: Decompile the downloaded Flash to extract SWF elements or convert SWF to FLA/FLEX for further editing

You can open the downloaded Flash in Sothink SWF Decompiler, and then easily extract SWF elements or convert SWF to FLA, SWF to FLEX project for further editing.

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Download SWF Decompiler and have a try (30-day free experience) >>

Tutorial 1: How to extract SWF elements by SWF Decompiler? >>

Tutorial 2: How to Convert SWF to FLA?

Tutorial 3: How to convert Flash SWF to FLEX project?

 

Special tip 2: Extract images from downloaded Flash to enrich your logo design resources

You can import the downloaded Flash into Sothink Logo Maker, and then extract images and use them as high-resolution logo design resources.

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Feb 01

Capture and Download SWF from Safari for FREE

On February 1, 2010, Sothink releases SWF Catcher for Safari V1.0, an useful Safari plug-in, which is totally free of charge and allows you to capture and download rich Flash media of SWF format from Safari quickly, such as Flash movies, Flash banners, Flash games, Flash cartoons, Flash cards, etc.

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This free Safari plug-in has a small size, and can be embedded into Safari by just adding a new button. With this professional Safari Flash downloader, you can capture and save favorite online Flash from Safari at anytime, without worrying about losing the Flash media when it is deleted by the site.

For more information about this industry-leading Safari Flash downloader >>

You also can open the downloaded Safari Flash in Sothink SWF Decompiler for Mac, and then decompile it to FLA or FLEX project easily for further editing.

How to decompile downloaded Safari Flash by Sothink SWF Decompiler >>

Dec 16

Preparation for DIY Special Christmas Card – Tutorial One: Save Flash from IE

So exciting! Christmas is coming soon. It’s time for fun and good cheer. You may want to DIY warm and beautiful Merry Christmas cards and send them to friends and families to share the wonderful spirit of Christmas.

In this tutorial, I will introduce you how to capture and download fabulous Christmas cards from IE by Sothink SWF Catcher, a free IE extension for you to save Flash to local computer.

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In next tutorial, you will learn how to get preferred elements from captured Christmas card >>

 

Used Tool: Sothink SWF Catcher – Free extension for capturing and saving Flash from IE

Estimated Time: 5 Minutes

Purpose: Capture and save Flash from IE

 

Step 1: Capture Favorite Flash from IE

1. After Sothink SWF Catcher has been installed successfully on your computer, from Internet Explorer, open a web page containing the Christmas card you want to save to local.

2. On the IE toolbar, select Tools > Sothink SWF Catcher. Now the Sothink SWF Catcher window is appeared.

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The Flash Christmas card contained in this web page is captured and listed on the left. When you click the file, it will be automatically played in the right window.

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Oct 23

The Lazy Way to Create Photo Album and Share it Online- A Quick Tutorial

People always do more than just 1-2-3 steps to create album and make it more stunning and unique. If you would most like to use the least amount of time to create a Flash photo album and share it online, you definitely can use the preset effects and theme to skip the editing and setting work.

In the past, we’ve known how to create album with some album maker, but we most wanted to easily and quickly make a professional photo album in simplest way and really hope the product helping us, is totally free. This guide is to help you learn how to use completely free Flash album studio (Sothink Photo Album Maker) to create Flash album in just one minute.

  • Step1. Add Photos

Launch Sothink Photo Album Maker, under “Add Photos” interface browse photos in your PC and click button “Add to Album” to add them to your album.

  • Step2. Add Effects (You may just skip this step if you are satisfied with the transition effects applied by default. Trust me, you will.)

Go to “Edit Effects” interface to add transition effects for your album.

If you want to quickly replace all the default effects with your own choice, you may select any effect thumbnail between any two photos, pick one from effects panel, and click button “Apply to All”.

  • Step3. Apply Theme & Music (Album theme and background music are also ready by default.)

Go to “Theme_Music” interface to apply album theme and background music.

You may select any theme listed at right to apply it for your album. As for background music, you may pick one from your own resources.

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Jul 16

Little Known Website to Learn DHTML Menu!

bestwebmenu

 

Bestwebmenu.com, a tutorial-based website, is spontaneously built in the purpose of introducing developers to make better use of Sothink DHTML Menu program, which is not affiliated with Sothink or SourceTec Company.

Here is a place for old hand people sharing key experience and skills on website development and menu creation. Either fresheners or intermediate-level guys are welcome here.

So what have it already offered?
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